This is our 11th hour ritual – frantically searching the house for the perfect, letter specific show and tell item.
Both girls disappear into their playroom. A few minutes later they re-appear, beaming with pride, naked Barbie doll in hand.
“Look Mom! Naked starts with “N”!!”
Being the ogre that I am I say, “No Savannah, you cannot take a naked doll to show and tell.”
Completely astounded they immediately start in with the “What? Why? Naked starts with N.”
“Yes it does, but you can’t take a naked doll to school.”
A couple of hours later I am putting the girls to bed. I say, “Sav, did you find something that starts with “N”?
“No! Please can I take the doll?”
Under her breath – “Well, I could go to school naked but that would be embarrassing.” Then out loud, to me with an I can’t believe you didn’t think of this, look she says, “If I just had a sister named Norey, I could take her…”
She has a point. I can’t believe I didn’t anticipate this several years ago. I could have had a sister named Norey waiting for her.
The next morning we are still searching for the illusive “N”. One would think there would be dozens of N items littering our home. One would be correct. However, in the heat of the moment I could come up with only one idea. Grabbing a zip-lock bag, I frantically shoved three different types of nuts into it.
“Now Savannah, I lecture her as I am half walking half shoving her out the door, be sure you tell your class you have 3 kinds of nuts – a pistachio, an almond and a cashew nut.”
“OK, mom. Pistachio, Almond, Cashew – got it.”
She seems less than thrilled and I feel a moment of regret for not being more brilliant.
In the afternoon I picked the girls up from school and immediately started in with the daily debriefing session…
Me – “Did the kids like the nuts you brought for show and tell”?
Sav – a very bored “yes”. She was probably thinking “There just nuts mom, how excited could anyone be about nuts?”
Me – “What did all the other girls bring for show and tell?”
Sav – Necklace, Necklace, Necklace, Necklace, Necklace
Me – EVERYONE brought a necklace???
Sav – “Yep”
I guess my poor daughter was the only one sitting around the lunch table with a bag of nuts while all the other girls were comparing their beautiful necklaces!! I have to laugh. At least she was original.